Tag Archive | discerning of the spirits

I Corinthians 14:33 ” For God is not a God of disorder but of peace.”

Paul writes to the Church in Corinth about orderly worship.  He stresses to them that everything be done in a fitting and harmonious way. (I Corinthians 14:40)  When we see disunity within the Body, we know this is not of God…for He is the God of peace. (Romans 15:33)  As Believers, we need to be seeking balance and mutual agreement…not causing turmoil and commotion just to make a point.  Many a Church has faced divided factions only to self-destruct rather than build bridges of unity.   And Satan smiles every time a Church self-implodes rather than attempts to reconcile the Body.

I Kings 3:12 ” I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have anyone like you, nor will there ever be.”

Solomon asked God for a discerning heart and the wisdom to distinguish between right and wrong and God was pleased. (I Kings 3:9-10)  For Solomon wasn’t asking for the superficial or trivial,  or things that had no eternal significance…he was asking for wisdom.   I once worked with a Doctor who started calling me Prudence.  When I asked why, he stated it was how I conducted myself dealing with patients and that he appreciated my common sense and prudent approach.  When you ask God for wisdom,  understanding, discretion, and His Will in your life… He happily will oblige. (James 1:5)

I Kings 4:29 ” God gave Solomon wisdom and very good insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the sea shore.”

I once worked for a Doctor who gave me the nickname, Prudence…of which I was very happy with!  For I’d much rather be known for my good judgment rather than careless and unwise decisions.  All wisdom and abilities we have, find their source in God…and a reverent attitude towards Him is the start of all discernment and discretion…for all understanding resides in our hearts.

I John 4:1 ” Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.”

When you hear something and it doesn’t sit well inside…implement the “smell test”.  It may look fine from the outside, but when you really scrutinize or “smell” it, you discern something is bad.  As Believers, we  need to be ever diligent of  truths that seem to be  a little bit off… that are corrupted or slanted just enough that they  become untruths.  Therefore, examine closely everything you hear and judge for yourselves if it is worthy to be received or not.

Mark 13: 21-22 ” At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or, ‘Look, there he is!’ do not believe it. For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform signs and miracles to deceive the elect – if that were possible.”

Jesus warns us of people who will try to seduce us away from the truth.  Pseudo-christs  acknowledge Jesus…but then claim to actually  be Him, while  anti-Christs  oppose the true Jesus Christ and His power.  Both will amaze the multitudes with wonders…both come in sheep’s clothing to deceive the nations.  But the very last phrase of this scripture gives all Christians confidence.  “…to deceive the elect – if that were possible.”  The elect are us…chosen by God, and we won’t be deceived, for  with the prompting of the Holy Spirit we will be able to discern good from evil…a testing of the spirits if you will, to know deep down when something just doesn’t look or sound right.